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Dear Members,

We hope you are having a productive and enjoyable summer! WIA has been actively working on providing quality information and tools to help you stay one step ahead of what’s coming up in our industry.

On June 1st, WIA held our first Aerospace 2017 conference session. This session entitled Entrepreneurship: Revolutionizing National Security Operations, provided insight on how the government is increasing utilization of private companies and venture capitalists to ensure the United States stays on the cutting edge of defense innovation. We had an exceptional panel comprised of former and current military personnel as well as representatives from national defense coordinators such as the CIA and DIUx.

Entrepreneurship: Revolutionizing National Security Operations Panel

From left: Major General Jocelyn Seng (ret), Douglas Wolfe, Dr. Lisa Porter, Col Debra Dexter "Rocket" (ret), and Major General Linda Urrutia-Varhall

Will RoperOur keynote speaker, Dr. Will Roper, pictured below, discussed his unique expertise in managing the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office and coordinating the flow of innovation between the entrepreneurial private sector and U.S. advances in defense, while also being cognizant of how and when to reveal our country’s developing technologies.

The next conference session on September 22 continues along the theme of private and government cooperation by exploring how the space launch business is being shaped by the growing number of entrepreneurial endeavors and changes to traditional government roles in the race to space.

We are excited to see a growing number of our members earning the WIA Professional Development Certificate through our webinar series. Our webinars this year have been geared toward personal development in a professional environment. They have focused on ideas about how to use said development to facilitate a creative and cooperative workplace. We have discussed the habits of successful people, explored how to create an individual brand based on how we want to be perceived by others, how to build relationships instead of just networking and, perhaps most importantly, how to communicate between generations whether they be a millennial or a baby boomer. Each participant that attends four of the six webinars earns a certificate, and with only two left, be sure to get registered to earn your own! On Sept. 6th, we are going to discuss how to nurture and develop strong coaching and management skills, an extremely relevant topic to be successful in today’s competitive workplace!

We are also very much looking forward to this year’s 32ndAnnual WIA Awards Dinner and Ceremony on October 19th. Each year that we begin the arduous task of selecting the award winners, I am in awe of the incredible talent in our industry. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 27th – don’t miss your chance to recognize the impressive work of your colleagues!

The second half of 2017 is upon us and together we will keep propelling our industry and each other forward. Remember, in space there are no glass ceilings - so the sky isn’t the limit, it’s just the beginning!

Best regards,

Shelli Brunswick
Shelli Brunswick
Chair
Women in Aerospace

Upcoming 2017 Programs & Events

September 6, 2017
WIA Professional Development Webinar Series:
Developing Effective Coaching Skills
This session will discuss basic skills on how to coach using the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Wrap-up).
Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

September 22, 2017
WIA Conference Session:
What Space Launch Enables: Markets Shaping the Launch Business
This session will discuss the growing competitiveness of space launch and expectations of future growth.
Location and Time:
Residence Inn Marriott, Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Dr. Arlington, VA 22202
8:30 am-12:30 pm

October 19, 2017
32nd Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony
Location and Time:
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 S Hayes St. Arlington, VA 22202
6:00 pm-9:30 pm

November 1, 2017
WIA Professional Development Webinar Series:
Management Building Skills
This session will address key management and leadership skills including delegation, providing feedback and priority management.
Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

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